Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Reading a short story a day, I am often taken aback by how a good novelist doesn't always write a good short story. And you can see why; he/she needs another 175 pages to develop the ideas.
Most short story writers go for a moment more than a quick solving of a murder case or the story of a life. Likewise, a good short story writer writing a novel often seems to be at a loss at what details are needed-how to keep the excitement level up over the course of an entire book
Who does both well? I don't always like Joyce Carol Oates's novels and stories-but I think her talents are great in both forms. Who else?